Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Kevin Durant: “I Let The City Down”

One of the lasting images from OKC’s heartbreaking Game 4 loss last night to Dallas, was Kevin Durant’s horrific heave with time running out in regulation (which was blocked by Shawn Marion.) KD says he had no choice but to take the shot. From The Oklahoman: “On a night the Mavs took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals, overcoming a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit and winning in overtime, the Thunder got the best and the worst from Durant. His 29-point, 15-rebound performance was almost a triple-double. Had he committed one more turnover, he would’ve had it. Yep, Durant had nine turnovers. Egad. Durant sat in his postgame conference, hand on his head, looking as down as he had in the final moments of overtime. ‘I feel upset because I let them down,’ he said of the Thunder faithful. ‘I let the city down.’ … At one point, Durant walked to the bench, asking for a conference with Thunder coach Scott Brooks but really wanting a sympathetic ear. Where were the calls? Where were the whistles? ‘You let them worry about the fouls,’ Brooks said of the officials. But clearly, Durant was frustrated, miffed at who knows what. The officials? The defenders? Himself? ‘He’s just one of those guys that needs the constant attention,’ Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. And the Mavs gave it to Durant, primarily courtesy of Shawn Marion. ‘Durant needs to be wearing him,’ Carlisle said. He was much of Monday night. Marion stuck to Durant like static cling on a winter sweater, but as good as that one-on-one defense was, it was the Mavericks’ team defense that made the difference against Durant. On the biggest play of the series, the final play of regulation, Durant caught the ball at halfcourt, but when he looked toward the basket, he saw three Mavs coming at him. So, he shot from at least 8 feet behind the three-point line. ‘I didn’t know what else to do,’ he said, the frustration obvious in his voice. ‘I didn’t want to run into their defense and get another turnover.’ Instead, Marion blocked the shot, and even though there was overtime left to play, the Thunder was sunk.”

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  • http://verizon.net hmcsp

    Everything can’t be heaped on Durant’s back. The loss was a team effort. They let them catch up and Dirk N could have won the game for dallas in regulation time, but he chose to play team ball and his team caused it to go into overtime and give OKC another chance.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uk3FWToczA EJ

    KD had plenty of time to get off a better shot.

  • http://.com Cheema

    He is not good off the dribble, his ball control is weak, when you send a double team at him he will almost always stop his dribble to look to pass and when he doesn`t he usually commits a turnover.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    He’s not that bad off the dribble to settle for such a horrible shot. He rose up to shoot with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. And he didn’t even plant and take a strong shot, he kind of just took a 30 foot leaning floater.

  • T-Money

    KD panicked at the end of the 4th. He had lots of time left on the clock.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    Dont know why Westbrook got in KD way on that final possession but KD had alot more time left on the clock. He panicked…nah I’ll say it….he choked.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Or coach could have drawn up a better play..

  • JC

    westbrook is to as much to be blamed as Durant in the final possession. not to mention Westbrook is back to, well, Westbrook in the final few mins settling for jumpers after jumpers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    well i hope they weren’t trying to get a 30 foot leaner…

  • AD

    DURANT MESSED UP AND YA STILL BALME WESTBROOK … I MEAN DAMNNNN.. ITS NOT HIS FAULT KD HAD 9 TURNOVERS……. they both need to grown together…. And i think they need a new coaching strategy….. Sumbody needs to tell westbrook to not watch tv and listen to these dumb *** reporters who know nothing bout bball…. RW WAS FORCING the ball to KD not even looking to score , that made it obvious….. Idk what scootie is telling the players but he was outcoached big time

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Panic or not…why a 40 footer? Did you think you could hit it over a double team?

  • showtime

    No way should westbrook get blame on this one. Its KD and scott subpattern. When harden fowled out. he should had put cook or another shoot to space the floor. When your up like that U’r playing the clock. KD wanted the ball & he got it and Nuted up.He great score but the difference between him Melo,T-mac (prime) 7 even Rudy Gay, is them weak sauce handles, got improved that part of his game.

  • Drew

    KD took that shot with 2.6 seconds still left on the clock. He should’ve drove the ball inside to draw the foul or forced Marion up in the air and drawing the foul. Either way, they had their chance and they blew it.

  • JC

    spacing !! KD had nowhere to go when Westbrook bringing defenders nearby.

  • Detroit Dave

    With 7 seconds to go and the game tied, why did they even run a play that has your 2 Best Players (Westbrook and Durant) 30 feet from the basket??? The whole team collaped and needed a miracle shot to win the game.

    OKC hasn’t really beaten a proven team this year in the playoffs. Dallas has played against better teams this playoffs and its showing.

  • mdshuai33

    @ AD and Showtime: Yes, westbrook should be blamed. Not for the last possession, but for his play in the fourth quarter, absolutley. It got to the point where I was happy every time he touched the ball, cause I knew he was going to dribble out the clock and take a forced shot rather than run a real play and get your best player easy shots. He’s a great player in many respects, but he HAS TO learn his position.

  • Jer dawg

    Westbrook has been scrutinized ever since playoffs started. They bad mouthing him like the media is making him out to be the Kobe on Shaq’s team; power struggle between superstars. I don’t know what’s in Russell’s mind, but for sure he’s hearing things and he’s probably not going to want to share spotlight with Durant. Westbrook is hearing he’s behind this terrible series between Mavs and he nearly cost OKC a few games during the playoff run. Fine, im on westbrook-bashing bandwagon. “you just another marbury! Who do you think you are? Derrick Rose?”

  • Brendino

    Westbrook passed the ball to KD and followed his pass because he was looking to get the ball back like the selfish player he is. I mean who in their right mind passes to ball to their scorer with under 5 seconds left on the clock and BLATANTLY gets in their way, bringing more defenders to the guy who’s taking the shot?!?! The Mavs are my team, so I was glad the Thunder didn’t get a shot up, but damn, that shit Westbrook pulled really pissed me off as a basketball player. If that was me I woulda let Westbrook hear it during that Mavs final timeout.

    Am I lying????

  • All Day

    Why is everyone focusing on the last play? The game should not have even come down to the last play! I think OKC made one or two baskets within the last 5:00 minutes of the game. The offense stalled…too many turnovers…too many mistakes. These are the growning pains of a young team. They will learn for their mistakes and get better as a team.

  • giogolo

    lockout or no lockout after 1 more season and they still repeating same mistake. look for coach brooks to go first. then westbrook. what thunder needs is some good offensive coaching and sub patterns and a pg who can direct the teams offense and be the 2nd coach on the floor. either that or they bring GP, mark jackson or some1 like jason kidd. like sam cassel perhaps. brooks just got exposed. and so did this team’s maturity.

  • AD

    @jer your a f***ing idot…. who do you think you are skip bayless

  • TDOT

    OKC would have lost in regulation if the refs gave kid the second he needed.

  • Block Party

    russel westbrook is a bum hes shootin 39 percent in the postseason, they should just give james harden more pt and let him and durant create

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    @All Day, we’re focusing on the last play because the title of this thread is “Did Kevin Durant Mess Up Thunder’s Final Play in Regulation?”

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    This kid’s dramatic.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    It’s not Durant’s game that’s the problem. It’s his body. He’s just not strong enough to get shots off against physical defense. Dude needs to hit the weight room in the offseason and add the proverbial 15 (or 20, or 30, or 40) pounds of muscle. A lot of those turnovers won’t happen if he’s stronger and able to absorb contact better.

  • http://slamonline.com Waylonakolipse

    The Thunder are a couple of years behind the Mavs. I think they’ll get there but with the way the Heat are playing….Harden will have to develope into an All-Star for them to compete for a title.

  • SSiklo

    @Max yea let’s not blame the coach for Durant choking

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t like the way the Thunder reacted to this loss. Of course it’s understandable that they’d be upset–it was definitely heartbreaking, and a game they should have won. BUT the series IS NOT OVER YET! The way they’re carrying themselves it’s as if they’ve already given up. You’re down 3-1, not 3-0. I’m not saying the Mavs won’t take the series, but as the leader of the Thunder, you simply CANNOT think that.
    Coming back from a 3-1 deficit has been done before. Don’t feel sorry for yourselves–get mentally prepared to play your best basketball ever and BE one of those teams!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is where experience matters. The Thunder have had a great run this year, and they’ll only get better from here on out. BUT, when a young team like this gets stuck in a rut, do they have the mental toughness to carry themselves out of it? Would Dallas give up being down 3-1 to another team?
    Again, respect to OKC for playing a heckuva season. But really, you can’t act like the series is over just because you let your home games slip away. The Thunder have already beaten the Mavs in Dallas–forget about last game or use it as fuel, and DO IT AGAIN! That should be their mindset as a team, and the message Durant should be conveying as this team’s leader.
    Hopefully Westbrook is doing this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    KD can’t put on weight..

  • Mike From Spain

    @what and Max -> maybe with hard work and the right diet he could put on 5 – 10 pounds, that would probably not be enough, but better than nothing… I don’t see him gaining as much as 15 – 20 in a single summer. I’d also like to argue that gaining weight could impact his speed negatively.

  • ClydeSays

    Still at least one more game to play, KD. Show up & give it everything…